BELMAR, NJ – The U.S. Department of Labor has recovered more than $84,000 in back wages and liquidated damages for 13 workers and assessed $4,459 in penalties after its investigation determined a Jersey Shore steakhouse owner violated federal overtime regulations deliberately.Investigators with the department’s Wage and Hour Division learned Dariusz Targonski, the owner of Flames Brazilian Steakhouse in Belmar, paid hourly employees straight-time wages for all hours worked, including hours over 40 in a workweek when an overtime rate applied. The division also found that the employer failed to pay non-exempt, salaried employees overtime and did not maintain required payroll records. “People employed in the restaurant industry often work long hours to support themselves and their families and they deserve to be paid the wages they’ve earned,” said Wage and Hour Division District Director Charlene Rachor in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. “Wage theft is a serious issue and the U.S. Department of Labor is determined to hold industry employers like Dariusz Targonski accountable when they mistakenly believe they can violate workers’ rights and gain an unfair advantage over their competitors.”The back wages recovered and damages and penalties assessed resolved the employer’s willful violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act. Learn more about the Wage and Hour Division, including a search tool to use if you think you may be owed back wages collected by the division. Workers and employers can call the division confidentially with questions at its toll-free number, 1-866-4-US-WAGE (487-9243), regardless of their immigration status. The department can speak with callers in more than 200 languages. Workers and employers can help ensure hours worked and pay are accurate by downloading the department’s Android and iOS Timesheet App for free, which is available in English and Spanish.

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